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relationship with le sri. >> larry: thank you very much for joining us. thank you, kathy, thank you, maggie. the books are out. the show is out. the cake is here. the wine is here. don't forget she's in vegas july 10th and the new season of "de-list" starts june 15th. >> come see me. >> larry: and right now "a c360 starts." >> top this, anderson. >> good evening again from louisiana. we've been telling you for weeks the difficulties that scientists have had in measuring home soil flowing into the gulf. in the beginning, you know, bp said it was 1,000 barrels, and then the government said 5,000 and then 12,000 to 19,000 and 19,000 to 25,000 and now to 40,000. truth is it could be much higher. today for the first time the government's man in charge admiral that had allen said they will drop sensors to the well to measure. they have been blocking measuring the leak by actually
measuring the leak. all along bp says it doesn't need to be measured because they were planning for a worst case scenario, but today further evidence that they didn't plan well enough. they are siphoning off 15,000 barrels of oil from the well every day, which is almost as much as tanker on scene can handle. had they had a bert estimate of the leak to begin with, of course, perhaps they would have had more resources on the scene right now. let's bring in plaquemine's parish president billy nungesser. i know it's been a couple of busy days. wolf blitzer asked admiral allen specifically about your concerns that they don't know who is in charge. he said he's assigned a coast guard officer to each the parish presidents and if you had any concerns he'd be willing to meet with you. what do you make of that? do you really not know who is in charge? >> well, we've got a great guy in samantha is in our headquarters, but everything has got to go up the chain of command and we have another guy in venice which is very passionate, but i don't think either one of them can make a
decision and that's the problem. tomorrow morning i'm going to go to home with another plan, just like governor jindal got approval finally for the suction machinery. well, we've got other plans tomorrow that we'll present tomorrow, but we fight just as hard to get things that will help us get the oil out. i don't want to fight with anybody. i want to be on the same team, but it hasn't worked that way, except when the president came down. each time the president came, things happened. other than that, yeah, they will check and get back with us but nothing happens. you know, we went out for three hours and saw no skimmers. a lot of oil, no skimmers. totally unacceptable. >> now, what is the situation with those vacuum devices because i went out with the governor i think when you were in washington. he basically had like five of these things working. you basically took an 18-wheeler vacuum truck, put it on a barge, tied it down and just started vacuuming up to see if it would work and it seemed to work.
is bp going to pay for that? you guys wanted to do it on a big scale and get like 100 of them. is that going to happen? >> right. i think they approved fire or six of them or as many as 13 i heard today. we'll find out tomorrow exactly, but you're right. there ought to be everything we can deploy we ought to deploy. the local paper had them cleaning up on an island. it looks like scott towels they laid down, and a bunch of workers looking at the towels in the pools of oil. just like wiping the blades of grass. where is the management on those teams? why isn't that oil being raked up in a pile and let's get after it and get on? mean, that is just a band-aid when we need major surgery. >> the admiral also said, you know, he's hoping to get the sensors down to the leak pipe to actually get some pressure readings over the next couple of days to get a more accurate flow. i mean, it's kind of stunning that on day 52 this is just happening. this is the kind of thing you would think would have happened
long ago. >> absolutely. you know, anderson, it's just like they said, you know, 20 and 30 acres of plaquemine's parish has been infested with the oil. we gps'd it and went out with a boat and it's 300 acres. that's the actual estimates compared to the facts that we went out and measured and when you're off that much that's not a mistake, that's misleading, and we -- we find out all across the board here. i'm really growing frustrated. we're going to give the new bp guy till monday. we took him out. he touched the oil. we'll give him a week. we've got to see more action out on the water quickly. we're getting in a hurricane season. we need this oil cleaned up, be out there waiting for the next oil to come in. not just always chasing the oil, and that's what we're doing now. >> yeah. i mean, day 52, it's easy for people i think who aren't here to start to think of this as
well same old, same old, just rue teens, but no one should think of this as routine. each day it has sort of fresh disasters. each day the urgency should be building, not lessening for folks who aren't here. billy, i appreciate your time tonight. we'll talk to you more next week when we're here live from the gulf. now our exclusive interviews with the survivors of the deepwater horizons where a series of deadly explosions tloed this, the greatest environmental disaster in american history. gut wrenching accounts, hear from a group of men aboard that rig, five of them, from the first signs of trouble to the desperate efforts to save others and themselves. we'll bring you that. the survivors will also bring you concerns about the safety question they had and why they say bp was cutting corners and taking risk. tonight is a partnership with "360" and cnn's "special investigation." april 20th, gump of mention core, a crew of 126, some of the
boast oil industry engineers in the world, were five weeks behind schedule drilling a stubborn well a mile deep. a few minutes before 10:00 p.m. they heard a noise they had never heard before. >> we began hearing loud hissing and a venting sound. >> and it kept getting louder and louder, and i said something's not right. >> he just looked at me and he said, man, smell gas. i said what do we do? we says run. >> 11 men would die that night. the question is what happened and why? in the weeks before that terrible moment crew members we spoke to say everyone felt pressure to get the well drilled and the oil flowing. some felt like they were cutting concerns. >> do you believe that safety was the number one concern? >> all bp is worried about is the money. >> on the day of the explosion at least two survivors witnessed an argument between transocean
and the representative from bp who wanted to press ahead. you're saying the representative from bp said this is how we're going to do it. >> this is how i remember it. he basically said this is how it's going to be. >> there's always like an ominous feeling when we were on that well, you know, like a chatter, you know, that we're messing with mother nature right now. >> about 11 hours later, 9:56 p.m., the loud hissing erupted no a series of explosions that would engulf the massive rig. >> and it was actually so bright you couldn't even look at it anymore. it actually started sounding like a living thing because it was hissing so loudly, almost sounding like the beginnings of the roar of a creature. >> he just goes what rig does dan work on again, and i said deepwater horizon, and he goes why? and he goes because his rig has exploded. >> everybody is screaming. the derrick is going to fall. the derrick is going to fall.
>> one of the guys on the life boat actually panicked so much, he got up and jumped overboard. >> it looked like he was looking at face of death. >> coming up next on "360," hear more from the survivors in their own words how the fire started and how the fear quickly spread. >> in the hallway, i mean, there's people screaming, hollering. i mean, it's -- it's like the movie "titanic" right before the ship sinks. man, it would be a lot easier if we didn't have to weigh 'em all. if those boxes are under 70 lbs. you don't have to weigh 'em. with these priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service, if it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. no weigh? nope. no way. yeah. no weigh? sure. no way! uh-uh. no way. yes way, no weigh. priority mail flat rate box shipping starts at $4.95, only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship.
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welcome banl back to deepwater disaster. survivor stories, exclusive report on tragedy aboard the oil rig, a catastrophe in the gulf. at this hour we're letting the men who survived the inferno tell you their stories about what happened that night off the coast of louisiana. their accounts are harrowing and
heartbre heartbreaking. how did it begin? let's take you back to april 20th, a routine night for the crew until they heard something they will never forget. >> we began hearing the loud hissing and venting sound. >> and that was methane escapeinescap escaping? >> had you ever heard anything like that? >> not like this, no. it was extremely howard. >> did all you guys hear it? >> it kept going and going and going and it just kept getting louder and louder and louder, and i said something is not right. >> i was asleep. it woke me up, the sound from it. i didn't know what it was. i just heard, you know, that loud hissing sound. >> and what did you see? >> the other guy had a radio, and we ran back to the phone and he picked up the phone and just looked at me and he said, man, i smell guess. i said what do we do? he says run, you know. >> he said run. >> yeah, he said run and luckily we were right by the door, and when we came down the door, less
than maybe 30 seconds later the whole derrick was on fire. >> and, i mean, what kind of flames? how big of flames? >> just huge, massive, something that you would never expect to see. i mean, you were in shock. >> but you actually saw the flames? >> oh, yeah, definitely, yeah. it was pretty crazy, and, i mean, the mud and sea water and gas were just coming down on us, like it was raining. >> it actually felt like rain. there was actually mud raining down on you? >> oh, yes. >> where was the mud coming from? >> from the rotary table. it was coming back up through the well. >> so mud was literally exploding up through the water? >> yeah. >> through the well? >> through the well, yeah, up to the crown of the derrick. >> and out in the hallway, i mean, there's people screaming and hollering. i mean, it's -- it's like the movie "titanic" right before the ship sinks. everybody is just hysterical, and when i get there, i mean, i
could feel the heat from the flames as soon as i come out on to the smoke deck, but when i got up on the deck i just stopped and i looked up, and i was like this ain't -- this can't be happening. i said there is no way we can put that fire out. >> what did it look like? >> it -- it looked like you was looking at the face of death. i mean, you could hear it, see it, smell it. i mean, it was like -- i mean, it was the worst thing i'd ever seen. >> how high were the flames? >> they were -- they were way up the derrick. they were probably i'm going to say 150 foot then. probably three-quarters of the way up the derrick, and i was yelling there's no way we're going to put that out. i said we're leaving here. >> that's when you knew that you had to leave? >> i knew we weren't -- even if
the fire fighting equipment would have worked, we couldn't reach it, reach the top of the flames or anything. >> and where were you for the first explosion? >> i was -- by this time i had stood up from my computer, and i was standing in front of the engine room console, and the explosion took me from behind and threw me up against that console. >> so you were actually knocked against the console? >> yes, very violently. >> and what was that explosion like? >> it was like being hit by a freight train from behind. it hurt. it just totally lifted me up a few inches and carried me forward into the console, and the wind was knocked out of me. i was dazed, and this floor completely collapsed, and i fell down into this hole about i'd say two-foot drop, and found myself laying on my back down there. >> and then what happened? >> i was really confused, and i started to get up, and i made it
up to my hands and knees, and another -- the second explosion hit us, and this one i have no idea which direction it came from. to me it was just completely all around me, and that threw me back down on the floor again, and -- now at this point i'm scared, scared to death. i figured this is my time. i'm going to die. >> explosions were that big? >> yes, they were that big. >> and when the first explosion hit what, did you see? what did you feel? >> oh, man, it was awful. i turned around, and so did caleb and we started to look up at the derrick and the derrick was just on fine and then all the lights went out. the mud is still coming down and the sea water and everything is just flooding us, like a thunderstorm, and then we're in the complete dark, you know, and it's dark outside and the only light we had was the light from the fire and that's when the
second explosion happened. >> and you don't -- you don't remember any of this at this point? >> no, sir. in fact, doug was probably the first pen i had gotten in contact with after i got to the hospital. i didn't know where i was working at the time, you know, when i started really -- after i saw my family, and -- >> that's okay. it's hard for all of you. it's tough to talk about. >> it's very hard. >> they helped me out of there. >> so you heard that brent was
down? >> yes, i heard he was down. the other motor men with us went back in to help the other men get brent out and because the electrical technician was bleeding, he was injured and he wasn't quite all there, he was panicking, i decided to stay with him and we went to the bridge. i looked up at fire on the rig floor, and it was getting larger, and that was scaring me. it was starting to spread down on to the main deck, and it was actually so bright you couldn't even look at it anymore. it actually started sounding like a living thing because it was hissing so loudly. it was almost sounding like the beginnings of a roar of a creature. >> the fire actually sound almost alive? >> yes, and it just continued to
grow, and finally the order was given for us to board the life boats. >> coming up, the struggle to escape. for the crew getting on the life boats didn't end the nightmare. >> people were screaming and yelling and, you know, we just got on the life boat, and, i mean, it was even worse. that was probability worst part of it was being in the life boat. >> why? >> because it was just -- it's like you're almost waiting to die. a few years ago i got a wake up call. a heart attack at 57.
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there were 126 people on the deepwater horizon when it exploded in the gulf. 11 perished. 115 others made it out alive. tonight we're bringing you the stories of five of these survivors in exclusive interviews you won't see anywhere else. before the break they told us about the massive fire then gumped the rig. the flames, they said, were everywhere, and time was running out. some scrambled to life boats as the only way to escape. listen. >> what was the scene like at the life boat when you got there? >> it was insane. people were just jumping in the life boats. there were other people, there's two life boats side by side and you're assigned to each one.
>> and each life boat fit about 75 people? >> yeah. people were just running and jumping in them and, you know, it's dark. you know, people are screaming and yelling, and, you know, we just got on the life boat, and, i mean, it was even worse. that was probably the worst part of it being on the life boat. >> why? >> because it was -- it's almost like you're waiting to die and there's people screaming, you know, put it in the water, let's go, and it's filling up with smoke and can you feel the heat from the fire. in fact, one of the guys that was on the life boat, he actually, he panic the so much and he got up out of the life boat and then jumped overboard because it did seem like it took forever. >> when you're sitting on that boat, what did you think and what's gone through your mind? >> i wasing to get back off. everybody is sitting there screaming the derrick is going to fall on us. the derrick is going to fall on us and they said they couldn't get the motor cranked. hi my seat belt and everything
on in there already. i took it back off. i was like i'm not going to burn up in a life boat if they can't get the motor cranked. i'm mixing to jump. >> you were going to jump off the rig. >> yeah, i was going to climb up and jump off. >> was the rig on fire at all? did anybody see the water? >> you can see it underneath the rig. the water was on fire. >> the water was on fire. >> um-hum >> what was it like sitting there and waiting for the others to come and waiting for it to get lower. >> we were just screaming, you know, to get to everybody, get on a boat, get on a boat and i remember another explosion, and when it exploded, the life boat free fell for about three foot and then just stopped all of a sudden. i was scared to death of sitting there in that life boat. i said, you know, i've done made it out of my room, out of living quarters, and here i am on a
life boat that's supposed to help me get me off this rig, and i'm going to wind up dying on this life boat, and, you know, the only thing going through my mind is, you know, family back home and i just -- i started praying. i didn't know what else to do. >> what did you pray for? >> i prayed for my family, to let god know that, you know, i love my wife and that i loved my kids and that he would help me and everybody else get off this boat safely, get off the rig safely. >> i finally got the motor started and we got -- they put us down in the water. >> did you look at the rig? >> oh, yeah. we were out there. i mean, we were falling a mile away from it, and we sat there like seven hours watching the
rig burn. you know, you look at it one way. you could sit there and watch it burn, and finally i was like, you know, i can't watch that so i turned around and sat down and turned away from it and i looked up and there's giant windows on the giant wheelhouse of the boat and you can see the reflection in it right there so there's like no getting away from it. try to close your eyes and every time you close your eyes. you could see everything just replaying. yeah. that's one image i'll never forget the rest of my life from when i was on the boat watching it burn. >> next, an unknown fate. the wives of the oil workers trying to reach their husbands and they say being kept in the dark. >> there was one moment, i thought i was going to have a nervous breakdown, and i had to pull it together because i knew i still had my son there to take care of, an i knew that i had to
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tonight we're bringing you our exlosive interviews with a group of survivors from the deepwater horizon rig. in a candid and emotional conversations we're learning details about what happened on that rig back on april 20th. the full story, of course, isn't known yet. there will be investigations, long and many investigations, but we've talked to five survivors who talk about their suffering and about their suffering and their families. the wives of three of the survivors have gripping stories
to tell about the fears that they faced on that day. it was just dawn, about 5:45, when the phone woke angela hopkins jacobs. she didn't know eight hours earlier 50 miles out in the gulf the deepwater horizon had exploded. her husband matt worked on the rig. >> the lady said this is so and so with transocean, and i lost it because i knew something was wrong. and she said that we've had to evacuate the rig, and i was hysterical. i said is he okay? is he okay? and she said i don't know any details. i can't tell you anything. i had just lost it. my son, you know, was asking, you know, what's wrong, what's wrong, and i said -- i couldn't, you know, speak. >> as the platform fire raged, matt was waiting to be lowered from the rig in a life boat. the inferno, the damage so intense, he was certain he wouldn't make it out alive. >> i prayed for my family to let
god know, you know, that i love my wife and that i love my kids and that he would help me and everybody else get off the rig safely, and the whole time, know, it's going through my mind, you know, i'm never going to see my family again, you know, because this is it, you know. we're -- we're done. >> you were sure that was it for you? >> yes, sir. >> i had started calling hospitals down in louisiana, alabama, because i heard on the news that they were taking some of the injured to the hospitals there. they had no record of him being in the hospital, so, you know, at that time i'm thinking, well, he's not injured. i don't know if he's dead. >> that same morning no one from the company had contacted daniel barrons' wife amanda. she hadn't heard about the catastrophe and then her brother
called. >> he just goes what rig does dan work on again and he said deepwater horizon and he said, well, i thought it sounded too familiar. i said why do you need to know? what's going on? he said his rig has exploded. >> can you imagine what our wives were going through? she didn't get a call until 2:00 that afternoon, and basically there's like hey, this is transocean. we want to let you know your husband is on the boat, and she's like oh, my god, you know, what happened? that's all we can tell you. we just want to let you know he's on the boat. she doesn't know if i'm hurt, injured, you know, burned. she doesn't know anything. >> doug brown's wife mecca can get a call in the middle of the night. >> i was told he was injured. there was really no other information given at the time. i was told he would be taken to a hospital but not knowing what hospital, in what state, and nobody contacting me telling me where he was going, and so i
really upset a lot of emergency rooms in the south calling hospital after hospital after hospital for hours trying to figure out where my husband was. >> i had fractured my leg, and bruised some nerves, did some damage under my kneecap and pulled some ligaments, as well as some mild brain injury. >> that afternoon, after a desperate morning on the phone trying to find doug, meccah got another call from transocean. >> did i receive a very rehearsed. i would probably put that's my best, very rehearsed. there was -- there was an incident. we have no further information at this time. we'll call you when we know something else, click. >> all three wives say transocean seemed totally unprepared, just not able to handle a crisis the size of the
deepwater horizon. >> i don't think the men and women that are out on rigs currently are really ultimately safe, and to ask my husband to go back out there, i'd rather work five part-time jobs to make ends meet than to ask him to put his life on the line. >> we sought reaction from transocean to our reporting, and the company sent a statement t.reads, transocean's first commitment has always been the safety and well-being of its people. the statement goes on to say, immediately following the news of the tragic accident on april 20th, transocean family support groups were dispatched to louisiana, mississippi and alabama to receive rescued crew members and support their families in every way they could. it concludes this continues to be the top focus of the company and the entire transocean family. with the drilling behind schedule, the oil workers say the pressure on them was building. so were the risks, they say. coming up accusations of unsafe conditions on the rig. >> if they are going to cut corners and overlook things, they are not being safe.
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on april 20th, a series of explosions rocked the deepwater horizon. flames engulfed the rig. the explosion triggered this mavis oil leak. tonight, five survivors are speaking out about what they heard and what they saw leading up to the disaster. you'll learn of an argument between a bp executive and a transocean official, an argument two of the workers say happened that morning over how to proceed with the drilling. a significant moment possibly tral to a criminal case against bp. here's more from our exclusive interview.
you were saying they were cutting corners. what would their motivation be? >> to finish the job faster, to save money. >> you think this was about saving time, saving money? >> well, yes. they were overbudget on it, so, yeah. they were cutting corners for time and money. >> two of the men who survived the bp oil rig fire and collapse are trying to explain an argument they say they witnessed on the platform about 12 hours before the first explosion. it was an argument, they say, between transocean and bp managers. >> the meeting was a pre-tower meeting basically. they go over the day's events, what's going to be taking place on the drill floor, and while i was giving the company man basically jumped up and said, no, we've got some changes. >> the company man is from bp?
>> yes. >> the driller is transocean. >> the driller is transocean, yes, and the company man basically said we have some changes to that. we're going to be doing something different. i recall it was something about displacing the riser with the sea water for that tower. >> taking drilling mud out. >> yes. >> and replacing it with sea water? >> yes. >> brown and others say the argument raised concerns because replacing dense mud with sea water meant less pressure to hold the oil down. >> why would they want to displace it with salt water? >> to make it quicker for the production well to get in once we capped the well. >> that's the idea. they wanted to close off the well. >> they were getting ready to go to the next well and they were trying, you know, to make it easier for the production crew to get it because it took so much time for us to drill this well and get it done. >> drilling on the deepwater horizon was already five weeks
behind schedule, according to the rig workers, and at a rough cost of $750,000 a day, that delay meant the project was more than $26 million overbudget. the survivors say there was pressure to finish the drilling and begin actually pumping out oil. >> you're saying this was an argument between some transocean people and the guy from bp? >> correct, and basically he ended up saying, well, this is how it's going to be, and they started reluctantly agreeing -- >> you're saying the guy from bp wouldn't argument basically? he basically said this is how we're going to do it? >> yes, that's what i remember, yes. he basically said, well, this is how it's going to be. >> dan, do you think that, too, that this was about saving time, saving money for bp, for transocean? >> yeah. just bothers me that transocean would let them, you know, as much as transocean preaches safety, it doesn't make sense
that transocean would just fold like that if it wasn't over money. >> attorney steve gordon represents all five survivors we interviewed. you're saying that bp was negle negligent, yes? >> at least. that's putting it nicely. >> how would you put it? >> well, i've seen negligence. i've seen gross negligence, and this conduct is criminal, what they did. >> criminal? >> yeah. there's a crime scene sitting 5,000 feet below the water. >> what way do you think that they are criminally negligent? >> you heard my clients say that bp came in and overrode the decision of the driller at transocean. when they did that, they in essence took over on that day, and the decision that they made to displace the mud with salt water on a well that they knew had dangerous propensity i believe is criminal. >> what do you think was more important to bp or to transocean, time and money or
safety? >> time and money, in all honesty. they preach safety. safety is only convenient for them when they need it. you know, you're pressured and pushed to do things, and if you say, hey, you know, everybody has the right to call time-out for safety, but you do it. you're going to get run off, you know. you're going to get fired, and they are not going to fire you for that, but they are going to figure out a way eventually to get rid of you. >> and you've seen that happen? >> i have actually, yeah, i have. >> even on the day of the explosion survirus we spoke with said they had other concerns. >> there was always an ominous feeling when we were on that well, and a lot of people was telling everybody else on the rig, you know, there was chatter that we're messing with mother nature right now. i mean, there was always something, you know, getting caked or stuck or large amounts of gas. >> and what is a kick?
>> a kick is when we get an air bubble or a gas bubble coming up, or the mud water coming up. >> and that's a problem? >> yes. >> the ceo tony hayward makes a big deal out of company safety record and that safety is the number one priority. do you believe that? >> i believe he believes it. >> you think he's wrong? >> and i used to believe it, but after this incident i'm not so sure i do anymore. not after what i seen. they are not being safe. they are jeopardizing us all out there. >> matt, do you believe that safety was their number one concern? >> ugm, um. all bp is worried about is money. >> when you hear bp's tony hayward say he wants his life back, what do you think? >> i want my life back. i'm sure you want your life
back. >> yeah. >> and i'm sure there's 11 guys out there that their wives want them back. >> yes. we all agree with that. he wants his life back. we all want our lives back. we want to be able to sleep a normal night's sleep for once. we'd like all those families out there of the 11 who don't have their husbands, their fathers, their sons, i'm sure they would want them back, but he wants his life back. what about everyone else that was on that rig that night? >> cnn reached out to both bp and transocean to respond to this story. the bp spokesman wouldn't comment on specific allegations but said bp's spirit always safety. the transocean spokesperson said in part safety is the number one priority at transocean, and there's no scenario or
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didn't like to go out fishing but went anywhere. donald clark was the assistant driller, father of four, remembered as soft spoken with an excellent work ethic. stephen curtis was an assistant driller, craze bet outdoors and war a kamoed tuxedo vest. gordon jones was a fluid specialist and mud engineer, a rabid lsu fan. his second son maxwell was born after the rig exploded. he obviously never got to see him. wyatt kemp loved hunting and fishing and remembered for his sense of humor and love of his family. karl kleppinger jr. served in operation desert storm, loved nascar and professional wrestling but cats not so much. he actually called the family cat dog. blair manuel was a senior drilling fluid specialist whose credo was the nour fs, fun, family, friends and fest and dewey revette gave everything he had to he did. shane roshto, a deeply devoted
family man. on the inside his hard hat he wrote his wedding date and his son's birthday and adam weise, a floor land, a former high school football star beloved in his own town and dale burkeen was bubba to his family and friends. he lived life large. tonight he honor these 11 men. five survivors. the five survivors sherritt horrifying moments when they last saw their co-workers. some of the survivors saw a good friend of theirs die in the explosion. his name was dale burkeen, a crane operator on the rig. >> he was in the crane on the first explosion and was trying to get out of crane. i mean, he was just running down the stairs. he was on the -- by the hand rail about to come down to the stairs and then the second explosion happened, and it literally picked him up. i mean, like -- like a child would throw a toy and -- and --
and had just picked him up and threw him, you know, over the hand rail, and he ended up bouncing off the pedestal for the crane. he's like a father figure on the rig because he was just so kind and would teach anything you needed to know, and, you know, just to see him get blown up like that, i mean, it was -- it's heart wrenching. i cannot explain it. >> was it the impact that -- did the explosion kill him or the fall? >> yeah, i think he was dead when it exploded. >> i ran to the -- my front fire station. >> chris choy heard that dale burkeen had been injured. he and a fellow rig worker tried to rescue him. >> he said i seen dale burkeen, the crane operator. i see dale down over by the starboard crane. it's too hospital i can't get to him so we put fire suits on to
try to go get dale, and before we could get there, there was another explosion, and that jut put massive flames in between us and the that side of the deck. we couldn't get to dale, and it -- i mean, that feeling is just indescribable, knowing that i didn't know, you know, that he had fallen or anything like that. i just knew he was laying down on the deck right there, just knowing somebody is right there and there's nothing you can do for them. >> you couldn't get to him because of the flames then? >> because of the sdplams whfla >> what was dale like? >> dale was like everybody's big brother. best friend could you have. he would give you the shirt off his back. anything you needed, needed to talk to him, needed a friend to talk to, dale was the man. he looked after all his people
that worked under him, and he was friends with everyone there. >> ten others died that night. daniel barron worked on the rig floor closest to the first explosion. nine men were working there that moment. only daniel and one other survived. >> i don't imagine what it's like for -- for the wives who, you know, they are burying a box. they are burying a memory. they don't know how they died. they don't know where they were. they don't know what they were doing. they were basically giving up their own life, you know, to save 120 something other people, and they are all heroes. >> daniel is certain the men died trying to shut down the well, trying to prevent what would become a catastrophe. >> there's, you know, women and children, you know, fathers,
mothers, brothers that will never see those 11 men again. >> i'll never forget my fellow crew members that died. i knew five of them quite well for years. they are very good men, and this should not have happened to them. >> remembering and honoring the victims of the deepwater horizon. we'll continue to cover this disaster in the gulf to give you the latest facts and to hold those responsible accountable. thanks for watching this special edition of "360. "good night. when i grow up,
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